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  •  Abolishing tenure does not make a better system. (0+ / 0-)

    Extending tenure to those who maintain excellent standards of teaching, research, and governance/service--depending on their institution--is what will strengthen education.

    Remove tenure to make educators "at will" employees like those in careers for which tenure is an alien concept, and education loses academic freedom: the openness to new, controversial, and unfavorable ideas and information on which real learning depends.

    Lose tenure, and watch people lose their jobs to cronyism, witch hunts, and any other form of corruption you can imagine.  

    Tenure is never an obstacle to dismissing an educator who has defaulted on his/her professional responsibilities.  Tenure only means that due process must be followed, so the problem of firing teachers who "need" to be fired is really the challenge of following the process patiently and persistently.  Due process, of course, doesn't fit with our culture's Rambo-esque pleasures in screaming at someone, "You're fired!"

    Losing tenure doesn't help adjunct faculty.  Losing tenure only makes all teachers adjuncts.  And, so sorry, but suggesting "there is a damn good argument" for that sounds, unfortunately, only like sour grapes. Some of us with tenure actually do respect our part-time colleagues and advocate for their rights.  Please don't shoot us.

    Hey, Mitt! TAX FORMS! Can you really win by betting against voters' rights to THE TRUTH?

    by vahana on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 09:21:41 PM PDT

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